Multimillion-pound development in Preston gets the green light

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Cheshire-based developer Portergate has received planning permission for a multimillion-pound development in the Friargate retail area of Preston city centre, designed to transform older shops and buildings into retail units and accommodation for the University of Central Lancashire.

According to a news release on the matter, the development will comprise 261 student bedrooms across 62 flats along with two retail units of almost 3,000 sq ft each. The overall value of the project is set at an impressive £13m, and is believed to be the largest construction project in the city.

The Preston development is scheduled to be opened for students for the 2014/15 year. Portergate chairman Anthony Jackson said: "We will play a major role in transforming the fortunes of the Friargate area and this development will encourage further investment. It’s something we know is welcomed by retailers on the street who are looking for improvements to the area.”

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